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Hamburg American Packet Company (Hapag)

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1875 Hamburg American Packet Company West India Line, Private postage stamp


(Reduced size)


(Genuine stamp on letter)

This stamp was used by the Hamburg American Packet Company (HAPAG) to be used on letters delivered by this company to the Carribean and South America. The colour is black, yellow and blue, the center is embossed with the company arms (anchor). The perforation should be 12 1/2. The border of the sheets containing 64 stamps were usually unperforated.

Reprints:

I know that at least three different kinds of reprints exist. A first reprint was made before 1938, at the jubilee of the Hapag from new plates, the peforation is 14.

A second reprint was made in 1938 by the 'Deutsche Sammler Gemeinschaft'. They were lithographed in sheets of 12 on white paper with thicker letters and sharper embossing. In the right lower corner of each sheet the word 'Nachdruck' (reprint in German) is printed.

A third reprint was made in 1955 (or 1958?) from the same stones as the 1938 reprint. Sheets of 24 stamps were made (two parst of 12 stamps with 12 stamps upside down). The reprints were perforated 11 1/2 x 10 and had a lozenge watermark.


(1955 reprint)


(1955 reprint, reduced size, note the watermark)

1975 reprint:

A miniature sheet with four reprints was made in 1975 at 'NORDPOSTA Tag der Hapag-Marke'. All four stamps have '1975' in small letters written at the bottom. I've seen these sheets with a fancy red cancel (with ship) or uncancelled.

Other reprints:

reprints of this issue, note the bright paper!


Copyright by Evert Klaseboer

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